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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour Stats Part Two

Played on The Tour.
Songs from every album released were represented in the setlist over the course of the tour.

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour Stats Part One: Songs Played

01    Death to My Hometown     129    
      Born to Run     129
      Dancing in the Dark     129
04    Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out     128
      Waitin' on a Sunny Day     128
06    Wrecking Ball     127
07    Badlands     121
08   We Take Care of Our Own     111
09   Shackled and Drawn     109
10  The Rising     103
11  My City of Ruins     94
12  Land of Hope and Dreams     81
      Thunder Road     81
14  Spirit in the Night     78
15  Hungry Heart     67
16  Jack of All Trades     65
17  Born in the U.S.A.     60
18  We Are Alive     59
19  Out in the Street     57
      The Promised Land     57
21  Darlington County     53
22  The River     50
23  Working on the Highway     49
      Because the Night      49
      She's the One     49
26 Twist and Shout (The Top Notes cover)     42
27 Prove It All Night     41
28 Rocky Ground     40
29 Bobby Jean     36
     Lonesome Day     36
     No Surrender     36
32 Johnny 99     34
33 The E Street Shuffle     33
34  Glory Days     32
35  Apollo Medley     31
      Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)     31
37 Atlantic City     27
38 American Land     25
     The Ties That Bind     25
     My Love Will Not Let You Down     25
41 Pay Me My Money Down (The Weavers cover)     24
     Seven Nights to Rock (Moon Mullican cover)     24
43 Candy's Room     23
     Murder Incorporated     23
45 Radio Nowhere     21
46 Trapped (Jimmy Cliff cover)     20
     The Ghost of Tom Joad     20
48  Downbound Train     19
      Backstreets     19
50 Youngstown     18
     Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?     18
     Easy Money     18
53 Open All Night     17
     Jungleland     17
     Racing in the Street     17
     Raise Your Hand (Eddie Floyd cover)     17
57 Night     16
     Cover Me     16
59 Adam Raised a Cain     15
     Shout (The Isley Brothers cover)     15
     Something in the Night     15
     Two Hearts     15
     Darkness on the Edge of Town     15
64 I'm on Fire     13
     I'm Goin' Down     13
     Growin' Up     13
67 American Skin (41 Shots)     12
     This Little Light of Mine     12
69  Cadillac Ranch     11
      Light of Day     11
71 My Hometown     10
     Incident on 57th Street     10
     Jackson Cage     10
     Long Walk Home     10
75  Ramrod     9
      Who'll Stop the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)     9
      This Hard Land     9
      Lost in the Flood     9
      Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Harry Reser and His Orchestra cover)     9
      For You     9
81 I'm a Rocker     8
     Drive All Night     8
     Seeds     8
     Streets of Fire     8
     Sherry Darling     8
     It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City     8
87 Thundercrack     7
     The Promise     7
     This Depression     7
     Meeting Across the River     7
91 High Hopes (The Havalinas cover)     6
     If I Should Fall Behind     6
     Loose Ends     6
     Seaside Bar Song     6
     Frankie     6
     Talk to Me     6
     Tougher Than the Rest     6
98 Kitty's Back     5
     Save My Love     5
     Better Days     5
     Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)     5
     Human Touch     5
     Point Blank     5
     Factory     5
     You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)     5
     Detroit Medley     5
107  My Lucky Day     4
        Reason to Believe     4
        Rockin' All Over the World (John Fogerty cover)     4
        Roulette     4
        Blinded by the Light     4
        Be True     4
        Leap of Faith     4
114  Stand on It     3
        Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker cover)     3
        Long Time Comin'     3
        Savin' Up (Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers cover)     3
        Brilliant Disguise     3
        Red-Headed Woman     3
        Jole Blon (Harry Choates cover)     3
        Girls in Their Summer Clothes     3
        Devils & Dust     3
        I'll Work for Your Love     3
        Ain't Good Enough for You     3
        Fire     3
        Janey Don't You Lose Heart     3
        Jersey Girl (Tom Waits cover)     3
128  Don't Look Back     2
        4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)     2
        Cynthia     2
       Burning Love (Arthur Alexander cover)     2
       Streets of Philadelphia     2
       Pink Cadillac     2
       Drift Away (Dobie Gray cover)     2
       Lion's Den     2
       Real World     2
       So Young and in Love     2
       Rendezvous     2
       Queen of the Supermarket     2
       Bishop Danced     2
       Man's Job     2
       This Little Girl (Gary "U.S." Bonds cover)     2
       Mountain of Love (Johnny Rivers cover)     2
       From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)     2
       Back in Your Arms     2
       Lucky Town     2
       Empty Sky     2
       Quarter to Three (Gary "U.S." Bonds cover)     2
       Surprise, Surprise     2
       Follow That Dream (Elvis Presley cover)     2
       Mary's Place     2
152  Highway Patrolman     1
      All That Heaven Will Allow     1
      Where the Bands Are     1
      Nebraska     1
      How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? (Alfred Reed cover)     1
      Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley cover)     1
      When I Leave Berlin (Wizz Jones cover)     1
      Get Out of Denver (Bob Seger cover)     1
      Working on a Dream     1
      Gotta Get That Feeling     1
      (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson cover)     1
      Hearts of Stone     1
      Shake, Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner cover)     1
      O Sole Mio (Eduardo di Capua cover)     1
      Roll of the Dice     1
      The Fever     1
      Independence Day     1
      We've Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals cover)     1
      Fade Away     1
      Dirty Water (The Standells cover)     1
      Something You Got (Chris Kenner cover)     1
      Wild Billy's Circus Story     1
      Bad Luck (Social Distortion cover)     1
      Across the Borderline (Ry Cooder cover)     1
      My Kind of Town (Frank Sinatra cover)     1
      Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)     1
      Terry's Song     1
      None But the Brave     1
      One Way Street     1
      A Night With the Jersey Devil     1
      I Fought the Law (The Crickets cover)     1
      Mansion on the Hill     1
      Give the Girl a Kiss     1
      New York City Serenade     1
      Spanish Eyes     1
      Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison cover)     1
      Mary Don't You Weep (Fisk Jubilee Singers cover)     1
      Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)     1
      Man at the Top     1
      California Sun (The Rivieras cover)     1
      Monster Mash (Bobby "Boris" Pickett cover)     1
      Stolen Car     1
      Secret Garden     1
      Take 'Em as They Come     1
      Travelin' Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)     1
      Green Onions (Booker T. & The MG’s cover)     1
      Wild Thing (The Wild Ones cover)     1
      My Beautiful Reward     1
      Knock on Wood (Eddie Floyd cover)     1
      When the Saints Go Marching In     1
      You've Got It     1
      When You Walk in the Room (Jackie DeShannon cover)     1
      Maria's Bed     1
      In the Midnight Hour (Wilson Pickett cover)     1
      I Wish I Were Blind     1
      Ain't Too Proud to Beg (The Temptations cover)     1
      Last to Die     1
      The Weight (The Band cover)     1
      I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles cover)     1
      Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover)     1
      Good Rockin' Tonight (Roy Brown cover)     1
      Pretty Flamingo (Manfred Mann cover)     1
      The Price You Pay     1
      State Trooper     1
      Long Tall Sally (Little Richard cover)     1
      TV Movie     1
      Living on the Edge of the World     1
      In Dreams (Roy Orbison cover)     1
      Just Like Fire Would (The Saints cover)     1
      Wages of Sin     1
      Into the Fire     1
      Shake (Sam Cooke cover)     1
      96 Tears (? and the Mysterians cover)     1
      Held Up Without a Gun     1
      Local Hero     1
      I Don't Want to Go Home (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes cover)     1
      You Can't Sit Down (Phil Upchurch Combo cover)     1
      You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry cover)     1
      Lucille (Little Richard cover)     1         

The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars (August 2013)

I really have no idea how on earth The Civil Wars managed to put together this second album when you consider that last year they were in the middle of a European tour and hours after playing The Roundhouse (watch Poison and Wine here) in London they posted a message on their facebook page that said the tour was being cancelled due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition."

Joy Williams recently spoke to the Associated Press and she said,  "John Paul and I aren't speaking right now but to me that doesn't determine the outcome of the band because if we're not speaking we can't determine the outcome of the band at this moment," she says. "So the other elephant in the room is what's happening with the band? The reality is I'm not even quite sure."

After the hiatus began, Producer Charlie Peacock became something of a musical go-between and White has not spoken publicly about the album.

"John Paul does not want to talk, but he is very proud of the record," Peacock said. "John Paul is a serious artist. I can guarantee you that this record would not be coming out if he were not proud of it."


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Happy Birthday Rat Scabies

(updated 30th July 2014)

Born on this day in 1957 Christopher John Millar (aka Rat Scabies), drummer for Tor, London SS, The Damned, The White Cats, The Damned (again!), The Germans and has played with many other artists. He is currently occupying the drum stool for The Members (2014 note: Rat is no longer playing for The Members).

The Damned

Machine Gun Etiquette - 1979 (Full Album).

The Black Album - 1980 (Full Album Playlist).

Strawberries - 1982 (Full Album).

Phantasmagoria - 1985 (Full Album).

Anything - 1986 (Full Album).

 Not of this Earth - 1995 (Full Album).
This was the last album that Rat appeared on as Drummer of The Damned (though it's often disputed as to wether this is an actual release by the band as Scabies got an earful from Vanian and Sensible for apparently getting it released without proper authorization).


Features: Stab Your Back, Neat Neat, Neat, New Rose, So Messed Up and I Fall.

Features: Sick of Being Sick, Stretcher Case Baby, Fan Club and Feel the Pain.

Features: Melody Lee, I'm A Burglar, Love Song and Looking At You.

Features: I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Smash It Up, Liar and I'm So Bored.

Features: Curtain Call, Hit Or Miss and Therapy.

The White Cats - John Peel Session
Broadcast 25th August 1978.

The Members
Live at The Tropic Ruislip 3rd June 2012

Brian James, Rat Scabies and Texas Terri.

Happy Birthday Buddy Guy

Born on this day in 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisianna, the Blues Legend Buddy Guy. Today he is 77 years old! And he's still making music having his 69th album called 'Rhythm and Blues' on RCA Records this year!

Monday, 29 July 2013

Happy Birthday Owen Thomas

One of my favourite Rockers from Indiana has a birthday today - Mr Owen Thomas - former front man of The Elms and now out on his own with a mighty fine debut solo album as well.

Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa

Born on this day in 1953, Bruce's very own Jersey Girl.

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - Kilkenny, Ireland Night 2. 28th July 2013

The Wrecking Ball Tour in Europe came to an end Sunday evening in Kilkenny, Ireland. Rumours abounded just what was going to happen on this special night. Three tour premieres and 'Born to Run' front to back, and a three hour and 19 minute set.

For the first time on the tour there was no 'Waiting on a Sunny Day' but that did stop Bruce from pulling a kid up on stage with him to dance on 'Dancing in the Dark'. That kid is going to go home a happy chap as at the end of the song Bruce presented him with his guitar!

 Start Time: 7.26 pm

01. This Little Light Of Mine
02. My Love Will Not Let You Down
03. Badlands
04. We Take Care Of Our Own
05. Adam Raised A Cain
06. Death To My Hometown
07. American Skin (41 Shots)
08. The Promised Land
09. Wrecking Ball
10. Spirit In The Night
11. The River (request)
12. Wild Billy's Circus Story (Tour Premiere request)
13. Man At The Top (Tour Premiere request)
14. When You Walk In The Room (Tour Premiere)

Born To Run in its entirety:
15. Thunder Road
16. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
17. Night
18. Backstreets
19. Born To Run
20. She's The One
21. Meeting Across The River
22. Jungleland

23. The Rising
24. Land Of Hope And Dreams

25. Born In The USA
26. Bobby Jean
27. Seven Nights To Rock
28. Dancing In The Dark
29. American Land (Max Weinberg's daughter on accordion)
30. Shout
31. This Little Light of Mine
32. This Hard Land (Acoustic)

End Time: 10.45 pm

There will be a month of rest and then Bruce and the E Street Band head off to South America for a dates:
12th September: Santiago - Chile.
18th September: Sao Paulo - Brazil.
21st September: Rio de Janiero - Brazil. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - Leeds 24th July 2013

"Not so much an opening 
but a rock and roll baptism!" (Backstreets)

photographs by Rene van Diemen

First show at the brand new Leeds Arena (we won't give it it's daft corporate name - no free advertising here!). Three hours and six minutes and a very strong 29 song set including four tour premieres - 'Local Hero', 'Gotta Get That Feeling' and 'Bad Moon Rising' and 'Secret Garden'.

Only two more shows to go on the tour with the coming weekend performances in Kilkenny, Ireland (oh and Rio and Chile later in the year) and one wonders what goodies are going to be unleashed there!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Happy Birthday Alison Krauss

Born on this day 1971 in Decatur, Illinois. Alison Maria Krauss got her recording debut alongside her brother Viktor, appearing on the 1985 independent album 'Different Strokes'.

from 'Different Strokes'.

In 1985 she also signed to Rounder Records and would release her debut album, 'Too Late To Cry' in 1987. Listen to 'Foolish Heart' Here. Union Station were her back-up band.

Her first band, 'Two Highways' album with Union Station credited on the cover followed in 1989. The album earned them their first of many Grammy Nominations (41 up until 2012) for Best Bluegrass Recording despite not charting.

Apparently the deal with Rounder Records meant that she would alternate between solo album and band album and so her 1990 release, 'I've Got That Old Feeling' finally broke the charts and stalled at #61. The title track was also the first song that she ever filmed a video for. She also received the first of her 27 Grammy's as the album was nominated and won Best Bluegrass Recording.

Released in 1992, 'Everytime You Say Goodbye' would bring another Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. A year later Alison would become the youngest member at the time of The Grand Ole Opry and the first Bluegrass artist for almost three decades to join the cast. 

1994 saw her collaborate with The Cox Family on with the album 'I Know Who Holds Tomorrow', and yet another Grammy came her way.

This 1995 Collection would become one of Alison's biggest hits and biggest sellers. The title track, 'Baby, Now That I've Found You', won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and 'When You Say Nothing At All' would win her a CMA Award for Single of the Year.

'So Long So Wrong' would also win a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, though some critics thought it was quite "Untraditional". Two other tracks from the album would win a Grammy, 'Looking in the Eyes of Love' (Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal) and 'Little Liza Jane' (Best Country Instrumental Performance).

The 1999 album 'Forget About It' contained a whole bunch of beautiful songs: the Title Track, 'Stay', and 'Ghost in This House'.

2001 saw the release of the ninth studio album by Alison Krauss and Union Station. Jerry Douglas had joined the band full time after the departure of Adam Steffy in 1998. Douglas had played in the studio with band sice 1987.

'New Favourite' would win a Grammy for Best Bluegrass album and 'The Lucky One' would win two Grammy Awards (Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Song).

A live CD/DVD would follow in 2002 filmed at Louisville Palace over two nights in April the same year. The show saw them at their best performing a wide range of music from previous releases.

'Lonely Runs Both Ways' released in 2004 is probably my favourite of all the albums released thus far. As per usual it won a truck load of Grammy Awards and the song 'A Living Prayer' got the nod for a CMA Award (Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year). Also checkout 'Restless', 'Goodbye is all We Have', and 'My Poor Old Heart'.

Another collection was released in 2007 that contained Duets with the likes of Sting, Brad Paisley, James Taylor and a cracking single alongside John Waite of 'Missing You'.

2007 also so one of the most bizzarest collaborations that Alison Krauss has ever been involved with, a team-up with Robert Plant! I can remember thinking when I first heard about this project that there was no way on earth it was ever going to work. After hearing 'Raising Sand' for the first time I had to eat my own words!

Some of the live performances were pretty outstanding as well. 

In 2009 there was another compilation, 'Essential Alison Krauss' that contained songs hand picked by Alison herself. Then in 2011 the first Alison Krauss and Union Station album for 7 years!!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Tour - Belfast 20th July 2013

A pretty amazing set list in Belfast last night with 5 songs in total from the 'Nebraska' album (including the title track which had only ever been performed live 5 times prior to this show). 5 tracks from 'The River', 4 from 'Born to Run', 4 from 'Born in the USA', 2 from 'Darkness at the Edge of Town', 2 from 'The Rising', 5 from 'Wrecking Ball'.
Click on the Links to watch the performances. Will check back later and add more links and better quality ones when they become available.

Solo acoustic pre-show:

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